Wednesday, 16 September 2009
SCOTTISH BEVVY FIGURES ARE A NATIONAL DISGRACE
SOME of the most deprived parts of Glasgow have an alcohol related death rate more than five times the UK average, official figures show. The figures show five city constituencies in the 10 highest for drink related deaths. Shettleston, which includes much of the East End, is the worst in Scotland, with 76 deaths per 100,000 population. Across the UK it is 13.3. Maryhill is more than four times the UK rate while Springburn, Baillieston and Govan are also in the 10 worst.
Only nine constituencies in Scotland were below the UK average, with Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale, in the Borders, the lowest at just four per 100,000 people.
The 10 highest as a percentage of UK average were: Shettleston 574; Maryhill 420; Greenock/Inverclyde 371; Dundee East 347; Springburn 333; Baillieston 331; Cathcart 292; Govan 289; Paisley 288; Hamilton N/ Bellshill 285.
Evidence in my estimation that something must be done soon to stop ridiculously high percentage of our citizens from dying from the bevvy. If that means squeezing the price of cheap Cider and Alcopops, then that's what we must do. Youngsters are getting hooked on this cheap drink and when you mix it with drugs it becomes a lethal combination. I know BTW because I drunk like a fish for 36 years and I am regretting it now!
It's time we gave people hope and some light at the end of the tunnel in their lives so that they DON'T HAVE TO WASTE THEMSELVES GETTING PISHED OUT OF THEIR BRAINS EVERY DAY!